Recovering from Job Loss During Recession
Do you remember Forrest Gump’s words? “…it happens”. Many unpleasant situations do happen in our everyday life. What do psychologists advise if you wake up unemployed and don’t know what will happen tomorrow?
No panic. The most frightening thing for our psychic is the obscurity of our nearest future. The worst thing that you can do is to start panicking and thinking about negative scenarios of your future and coloring it all black. See where the light comes from.
Try to calm down and think that you won’t die of hunger. Don’t you believe that? Think harder. Remember that this is not the first time in your life that you have remained without a penny in your pocket. And there was always some solution, even if from the first glance it could seem that there weren’t any. Think harder. Look around. Do you see any famished people? On the contrary, everywhere around you can see companies advertising their weight-loss products.
Try to understand that the fear is only a product of your imagination. Face it and realize that it is not an integral part of your personality. Make it out and it will dissolve like morning fog.
Remember about the numerous advantages of your present position. You have a place where to live, you have your close ones and hope for the future, your specialization that sooner or later will bring you some profit, you have something in your pocket for a rainy day … After all, if you are reading these lines, you have Internet access! And it is not such a small thing.
Systematize your steps. Write them down. Never write vague phrases like “tomorrow I will start a new life”, but something of the kind “at 4 p.m. I make up my curriculum as I may need it tomorrow”, “at 5 p.m. I buy a newspaper and underline all interesting vacancies” etc. Try not to postpone anything from you plan. Being active sooner or later will bring you to success.
Try to be flexible. Usually a job loss is especially traumatic for clerks who are used to steady job hours and were connected to one working place. Loosing their working place can turn into both a professional and personal tragedy. But working as freelancer or having some temporal job can have its advantages also. Why not take them into consideration or try to undertake something new?
Try to catch any chance. Don’t lose time for reflections. Just challenge. If it does not work and you fail, face too many difficulties – it is not your destiny, not your way. But if you don’t even try to, if you are afraid or doubt – you can’t blame the situation, the world or whatever – you can blame only yourself for the lost chance. Maybe, it was a great chance and you missed it.
So challenge and don’t pretend to be a martyr. We all can endure as many difficulties as life brings. And sometimes something even more.